Air Cadets Lower their Joining Age!

The Air Training Corps is lowering its joining age, allowing youngsters in Year 8 at school to get involved. In Scotland this equates to Year S2 and in Northern Ireland Year 9. As usual, a teenager aged 13 or over can join regardless of their school year. Cadets can join the national uniformed youth organisation […]



Running and Refreshments!

2229 have been out in force again today helping with the local RACE FOR LIFE held this year in Loughborough town centre. Along with our own runners, Cdt Sky Williams, Cdt Kayleigh Laing, Cdt Chloe Spence and CI Denise Kirk, the rest of the squadron manned the finish line handing out medals, brioche and much […]

2229 kick off their summer programme in the field

2229 cadets have commenced their summer of training with an introduction to fieldcraft for both the younger cadets and the older NCO Cadre. Cadet FS Kelly has returned from university to help with the training and has taken the newest members of the squadron, teaching basic camouflage and concealment and a lesson on ‘why things […]


Pilot Officer Howroyd showing his support

Armed Forces Day 2014

People all over the country and far beyond are celebrating Armed Forces Day with pride. This year marks the sixth of it’s kind and we at 2229 (Loughborough) would like to know how you are showing your support. SEND US your photos and your stories and our cadets will be making a portfolio! Armed Forces […]

Cadets do the Squadron Proud at Wing Athletics

The squadron is very fortunate to have a few sporting stars among our ranks and one cadet has been selected to represent the Wing at the inter-wing athletics competition. After taking part in the inter-squadron athletics competition earlier in the month Cdt Satterthwaite has been chosen, after coming first in her class, to represent South […]


Exercise Conducting Officers Course

Last week saw our Squadron Training Officer, Simon, complete the “SA(M)07 Cadet” qualification as an Exercise Conducting Officer. This tough course allows Simon to plan and conduct blank firing and pyrotechnic based exercises involving advanced military fieldcraft tactics with Cadets and Staff. Look forward to some pretty exciting changes in the fieldcraft training syllabus in […]

HQAC Shooting Development Team Target Rifle Training

Superb weekend at the home of British shooting with the HQAC Shooting Development Team. We now have two Cadets who have been offered the opportunity to compete for the Cadet100 at ISCRM in July. Extra congratulations go to Cdt Jessop for being awarded a Regional Marksman badge for shooting 59/70 at 300 and 500yds.

Preparing for ISCRM14 with the HQAC Shooting Development Team on the L81A2 7.62mm target rifle


Cadet Non-Commissioned Officers Course

We ran a superb course this weekend for the current and potential NCOs of the Squadron. The potential NCOs were taught a variety of skills including; how to command a squad, leadership, presentation and interview technique, the role of a JNCO and took a written test to assess their knowledge. Continuation training for the current […]

100 Qualifications in just 6 months

Alongside flying and gliding, the Air Cadets of Loughborough have been working particularly hard to obtain 100 new qualifications in just 6 months! The latest intake of recruits have all completed their Foundation certificate for indoor climbing, whilst the older cadets have been completing academic training to be awarded BTECs in Uniformed Public Services to […]


National Memorial Arboretum Staff Visit

Staff from 2229 have visited the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire today for a familiarisation visit before taking cadets along in the coming months. The Arboretum was the brainchild of Commander David Childs CBE who wished to see established a national focus for Remembrance after travelling to America. Following a meeting with Group Captain Leonard […]

Poppy Appeal 2013

The Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal raises funds every year to support current serving and veterans of the Armed Forces and their families. Amongst so many services they provide comradeship, financial support, and help organise Remembrance Services across the country. Mick Wells, along with many others from the RBL, organises the Poppy Appeal collection for […]


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2229 Remember the Fallen

The Remembrance Day Parade held every year in Queens’ Park in Loughborough is to commemorate those who have died in both WWI and WWII and in more recent wars such as the Falklands and Afghanistan. 2229 Squadron joined cadets, veterans, youth groups, regular forces and the general public in a unique act of remembrance. The […]


Poppy collection in Loughborough a great success

2229 cadets and staff were out in force again this Saturday fundraising for the Royal British Legion by selling poppies and various other merchandise in Loughborough town centre. The RBL gives practical help, advice and support to serving members of the Armed Forces, veterans of all ages and their families. The cadets help out every […]

Squadron Padre receives service award

Our Squadron Padre, Rev’d Rosie Whitely was recently awarded a length of service award from the Commandant of the Air Training Corps, Air Commodore Dawn McCafferty. The signed Certificate was presented by the Wing Padre, Rev’d Robert Hill, at the end of our enrolments evening. This special award is given to those who have committed […]